Flash Clash Challenge: Day #23

If you were reading my Flash Clash Challenge update yesterday then you would know that I’ve now completed two of the collections for this reading challenge: Etgar Keret’s The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God and Other Stories and Nik Perring’s Not So Perfect. This of course doesn’t mean that the Flash Clash Challenge is over altogether. I still have three more collections that I’m still working my through. So with my reading notes for Keret and Perring put safely to one side for now, the show goes on. It’s Day #23.

The choices are whittled down somewhat but the story highlight today for me was undoubtedly the Alex Burrett offering, Mixed Media, which tells the rather gruesome tale of an artist who has a grudge to bear (and for good reason). I’ve cheated a little bit by hyphenating my review comment so it technically becomes ‘one word’. But stomach-churning is the only thing I can think of to describe this story.

Burrett’s tale is certainly not a tale for the faint of heart, but to be honest I’m not really in the ‘faint of heart’ category. In fact while reading Mixed Media I was thrilled by a strong sense of Edgar Allen Poe influence in the story, and that impressed me greatly. Regardless of whether Burrett was inspired in any small way by Poe – even on a subconscious level – it was Poe-ish enough for me for it to emerge as a winner. It’s just a shame I’m going to have nightmares tonight :).

Anyway, before I freak out too much, here’s today’s summary:

Author Collection Story Title *Comment Rating
Nik Perring –REVIEW PENDING– —- —-
Alex Burrett Mixed Media Stomach-churning Rating: ★★★★☆
Etgar Keret –REVIEW PENDING– —- —-
**David Gaffney The World Won’t Listen
Smack
Strange
Average
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Rating: ★★★½☆
***Dan Rhodes Pneumonia
Precious
Proust
Fair
Mediocre
Good
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Rating: ★★★½☆

*Keeping in the spirit of flash I’m limiting myself to only giving single-word comments for each story.
**As they are incredibly short in length, David Gaffney’s stories are being ‘ticked off’ two at a time.
*** Dan Rhode’s stories are even shorter than Gaffney’s and to ensure that I finish his collection in time, I have to cover three per day.

Inspired by the publication of Nik Perring’s debut flash fiction collection, the Flash Clash Challenge is a fun contest in which three four other experts in the field are compared alongside Nik. You can find out more about it HERE.

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Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).